Live Updates Budget 2014 - 2015
Health infrastructure sans care
Who will run all the institutes and labs promised?
Farewell to welfare
The budget is a patch work of abandoned schemes revived or existing ones being re-named. This is all for rural development
Are tax incentives enough to promote solar cell manufacturing in India?
China and the US have already built several state of the art manufacturing base for solar PV which can cater to most of the world’s demands
What are smart cities?
Smart city may simply mean a place where a smart phone can run all the errands for you. But the Indian urban challenge is not as digital and way …
Railway budget promises clean water, better hygiene and safety
Ministry says it is seeking Cabinet approval to allow foreign direct investment in rail sector
Small farmers have little to cheer about
Companies will benefit most from steep hike in farm credit
Curative care gets more than preventive care
Prevention is the only way to reduce the cost of healthcare in India
Harsh Vardhan seeks tax of Rs 3.5 per stick on cigarettes, bidis
Earlier increase in tax ineffective in deterring smokers as it focused on length of cigarettes and led to production of shorter length cigarettes,…
Tax hiked on tobacco products for human and fiscal health
Economic cost of diseases caused by tobacco is 12 per cent more than the money spent by Centre and state together on healthcare in India, says a study
Over Rs 2,000 crore to clean up and conserve Ganga
Government sets aside Rs 100 crore to expedite detailed project reports for its controversial river-linking plan.
What to expect from the budget
Narendra Modi's first budget may have many surprises contrary to popular expectations being raised in media. Don't ignore the deficit monsoon and …
Mr Chidambaram, show some courage to win votes
Excise cut for all types of vehicles, especially fuel-guzzling SUVs, undermines earlier UPA decisions in public interest
BJP’s maiden budget disappointing for farmers
Jaitley continues with UPA schemes on agriculture, allocates more funds
Budget biased towards Andhra, fumes Telangana
Country’s newest state gets a horticulture university and a Debt Recovery Tribunal while Andhra gets an IIT, AIIMS, 20 industrial clusters …
Why Rs 200 crore for Patel statue?
Statue of Unity, projected as the world’s tallest structure, has no environment clearance and will displace tribals
Too little in environment ministry's kitty
Reduction in ministry's budget by almost half expected to hit forestry research the most
Money set aside to build institutions, not public health
Preventive and primary healthcare get a miss in the budget 2014
Too many centuries may not win the match
Finance minister allocated Rs 100 crore to 28 programmes, but far less sum to schemes catering to the masses
Booster for ailing domestic solar industry
But solar manufacturers say customs, excise duty exemptions not enough to compete with China
Experts hail doubling of cess on 'dirty' coal
Money collected from the cess gets deposited in the National Clean Energy Fund but doubts remain over its usage
Big solar projects favoured over mini grids
Budget gives boost to solar powered agricultural pumps
UPA woos women and tribal voters
Finance minister lists Forest Rights Act as one of its key achievements while MGNREGA doesn't find mention.
On road to sustainability?
Many nice words, some money but no direction for real change